The 2016 ABS Festival & Academy will feature music from Baroque Italy. The flourishing cities of Florence, Venice, and Rome—the primary destinations of the Grand Tour excursions taken by British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, and the meeting places for the most celebrated composers and performers of the era—offered some of the most glorious art, architecture, and music to be found anywhere during the Baroque era.
Festival concerts featuring music from Baroque Italy will present works from Handel’s early years in Rome, when he composed music for the “Carmelite Vespers” services, including the tour-de-force Dixit Dominus for chorus and orchestra. ABS’s performances of that work are consistently highly acclaimed.
Works by Italian composers including Albinoni, Caldara, Frescobaldi, Marini, Vivaldi, and others will be performed by members of the ABS Academy Faculty; and the Academy Festival Orchestra will present one of Corelli’s 1714 Concerti Grossi using the enormous and rarely heard forces he used in his day.
ABS’s annual performances of Bach’s great Mass in B Minor, featuring the American Bach Choir and the Academy Orchestra, will be presented at the end of each Festival weekend.
Handel’s rarely performed operatic serenata, Parnasso in festa, will feature the talented members of the 2016 Academy in yet another North American premiere performance.
The American Bach Soloists Academy—the educational component of the ABS Summer Bach Festival—offers advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment.
Academy-In-Action "Baroque Marathon"
Academy participants are featured exclusively in two days of Academy-in-Action Concerts offering chamber vocal and instrumental works by Baroque masters. (Free)
Annual engaging forums for performers and audience members alike explore a variety of topics centered on historical, artistic, and practical considerations of performing Baroque music today. (Free)
Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. (Free)
Master Class Series
The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights. (Free)